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Calibrate your headphones and speakers with SoundID Reference software to trust every mixing decision.

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Loved by over 200'000+ recording studios

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Intuitive creator tool made to hear every detail anew

What is it

SoundID Reference is a standalone app and a DAW plugin that calibrates speakers and headphones to deliver an accurate studio reference sound.

For whom

Made for audio engineers, producers, musicians, DJs, composers, sound designers, game developers, and audiophiles.

What it does

SoundID Reference ensures perfect translation so you can create music that sounds great on phones, laptops, earbuds, or wherever else its played.

Results

By working with the same reference sound with your colleagues and clients, you can save time and money, no matter the distance or gear you have.

How it works?

Even the best speakers can't compensate for the acoustics of a poorly designed room. SoundID Reference compensates for that by measuring the frequency response of your room and speakers to create a calibration profile. For headphones - simply apply a pre-made calibration profile available in the software. With calibration applied, your music will sound great everywhere.

How different speakers and headphones sound when playing an audio signal before calibration.

Audio signal before calibration
Calibrated audio signal

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Key Features

Speaker and headphone calibration

Accurate speaker measurements and calibration for headphones and stereo or multichannel setups. Over 500+ supported headphone models.

Software supports speaker setups from stereo, to 5.1. and up to 9.1.6. Atmos rooms.

Supported headphones
SoundID Reference measurement microphone in hand

DAW plugin and standalone app

Works in all major DAWs as a plugin and as a standalone Systemwide app calibrating audio across your entire system.

SoundID Reference daw plugin systemwide

Save time with translation check

Simulate a wide range of listening environments, from a car stereo to a high-end hi-fi system. This allows you to fine-tune your mix to sound great no matter where it's being played.

oundID Reference guy laptop midi controler headphones

Ability to control target curve and modes

Make custom adjustments to the target curve in real time and manually select the frequency range that the calibration will be applied to.

Various target modes - select flat to set the frequency response target to be neutral across all frequencies, create your presets or work on Dolby Atmos music target curve.

Learn more about Flat Target
SoundID Reference custom target

Zero latency processing

Select between different filter processing modes - zero latency for live tracking, mixed for greater flexibility, or linear phase to ensure there's no phase distortion.

SoundID Reference girl headphones speakers keyboard

Virtual Monitoring Add-On

Realistic simulations of high quality near, mid and far field speakers calibrated to the reliable flat reference sound. Spatial simulations of consumer devices such as cars, laptops, TVs and a smartphone.

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SoundID Reference virtual monitoring add-on

Used and loved by over 200'000 sound recording studios globally

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★★★★★"Total Game Changer!"

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Koen Heldens Matt Wallace Josh Newell
★★★★★"Selecting and ordering what I needed for my home studio was so easy. The software is awesome and easy to use. Thanks!"

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★★★★★"Amazing product!"

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Steve Genewick

“You guys came down to Capitol and we tuned one of our rooms and ran the software. All of us were really impressed.”

— Steve Genewick

3 Time Grammy Nominated Recording & Mixing Engineer worked with numerous A-list stars like Bob Dylan, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Sting, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Queen, Norah Jones, and more

Rafa Sardina

“A much needed new standard on headphone calibration and compatibility”

— Rafa Sardina

18-Time Grammy® & Latin Grammy® Winner Producer/Mixer/Engineer. Celine Dion, Madonna, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dr. Dre, David Foster, Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, and many more

Maria Elisa Ayerbe

“Speaker calibration made easy for anyone”

— Maria Elisa Ayerbe

Grammy Award-Winning Audio engineer and producer. Mary J Blige, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, JLo, and CEO of South Mountain Music

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System requirements

Technical Specifications

For Headphones

For Speakers &

Headphones

For Multichannel

 Supported online computer

Offline installation is not supported

macOS 10.14 Mojave (or later)

Windows 10 (or later)

Stereo speaker system

2.0 with or without subwoofer

Optional

 Multichannel speaker system

Up to 16 channels

2.1, 2.1.2, 3.0, 3.1.2, 4.0, 4.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.4, 5.0, 5.1, 5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.4, 7.1.6, 9.1.2, 9.1.4, 9.1.6

Measurement microphone

SoundID Reference Mic (recommended) or other measurement microphone

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Microphone stand and clip

Required for multichannel system measurements

XLR to XLR audio cable

USB microphones are not supported

Audio interface & hardware setup

Requirements for speaker measurements

+48v phantom power support

The same audio interface must be used for input/output

The audio interface must support and be set to one of the following sample rate formats: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz

The audio hardware setup must consist of a single external hardware device only (additional preamp units are supported)

Frequently asked questions

What headphone models are supported?

SoundID Reference supports over 500 headphone models. Moreover, we are constantly increasing the number of supported headphones.

You can find all SoundID Reference supported headphone models here.

How can I try speaker calibration?

To try out speaker calibration you will need a measurement microphone. You can buy the measurement microphone from our store or use your own. You can use any omnidirectional condenser measurement microphone. Please note that we will not be able to consult the calibration outcome if you are not using an individually calibrated microphone.

How fast will I get the product after purchase?

All digital products are delivered via email immediately after the purchase. All physical deliverable items from Sonarworks store are shipped by DHL Express within 2-3 working days in the EU and 3-5 working days in the rest of the world. If we are out of stock, purchases are usually delivered within 2-3 weeks. But don't worry, it happens very rarely.

What payment options are available on the online store?

Available payment methods include credit and debit cards (VISA, MasterCard, AmEx, Discovery un Diners Club), Paypal (outside of the United States), Splitit (in the United States), and Klarna payments in Austria, The Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Spain, France, and Italy.

What if I don't like the product?

No worries! We grant a 14-day money-back guarantee from the order date on any digital item or from the date of delivery on any shippable item you buy at Sonarworks online store. If you are not completely satisfied, please contact support team to arrange the return.

Can I use my existing Sonarworks XREF20 microphone with the latest SoundID Reference software version?

Yes, you can. Your existing mic is fully compatible with the latest SoundID Reference software version and there's no need to purchase a new one nor to re-measure the room and speakers. Remeasurement is required if you have moved things around the studio.

How can I upgrade from Reference 3 and Reference 4 to SoundID Reference?

We have provided multiple upgrade options for customers who already own a Reference 3 or Reference 4 license. You can find out all details about upgrade options here

What are the differences between Reference 4 and SoundID Reference?

SoundID Reference is the recent successor of Reference 4 software. Our latest software version delivers the same consistently accurate reference sound so you can trust every mixing decision. But with the new update, we have added new features like translations check and powerful custom target curve adjustments and made significant improvements to even further improve your workflow. Find out more in this article.

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